Friday, 26 April 2013

30 years of Wolverhampton Embroiderers - The Pearl Day

On Saturday April 20th  we had a members workshop . As this year celebrates our 30 year anniversary of the branch it was decided to have a Pearl Day. In all 25 members turned up ready to stitch, natter and laugh.

Everyone was given a piece of board, wadding and backing and everyone had the same fabric to stitch on. They could then do what they liked within the theme. What a huge range of techniques were used.

The plan is that all the pieces will be joined together and exhibited as part of  our  'Celebration' exhibition at Bilston Craft Gallery in October 2013. Members bought dishes for lunch and as usual a wonderful meal was had by all.




Not sure what the spaghetti is about!

Heads down and get on!


great food was brought and had by all

Pat made a beautiful celebration cake and the Chair was given the honour of cutting it.





Here are some of the pieces produced and once the final collection is put together we will put it on the blog.

Sunday, 14 April 2013

Hope House Costume Lecture

April 13th 2013

Hope House Costume Museum is located about half a mile outside of the village Alstonefield, just north of Dovedale A515. It is the realisation of a dream and today we met the lady behind the reality of the dream.
Notty Hornblower, ably assisted by her lovely model, a  fashion student.
Here is a selection of the lecture activity. 
Edwardian Lady day wear


Pure woollen outfit with wonderful detail


Notty had wonderful detailed stories to tell for all the outfits, the hats and the accessories
                           


Beachwear which would have been very heavy to wear if it ever became wet

This beautiful crepe dress has wonderful detail - even under the arms - accompanied by a feather fan which, as we learned, was a means of communication to the opposite sex


No outfit is complete without a handbag




Examples of beautiful delicate woven purses


 The Wedding Dress


 Beautiful lace veil
 We were very lucky to be able to get close up views of all the dresses, and examine the craftsmanship and every detail
We were in total admiration as you can see from Gwyneth
 The Ball gown was exquisite




Beautiful detail on the shoulder of the ball gown

At the end of the fashion show we were able to examine the lovely display including all of the hats that Notty had been wearing throughout her talk


 Detail of an iridescent feather on the side of a hat






Close up of a beautiful lace blouse

For more information you can visit the website www.hopehousemuseum.co.uk
or you can email Notty - nottyhornblower@aol.com